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I said goodbye to a much beloved uncle this week. I suppose it’s inevitable that mortality, aging and how and when we share our feelings with those we love would be on my mind over the 16 hours of driving to and from the funeral. Also not surprising that this week’s Right Turn would also reflect these thoughts. This short video, created by the talented Jorge Cham at PhD Comics, provides a background into what we know and what we think we know about aging, based on the research of João Pedro de Magalhães. If you want to read more on the topic, take a look at Ben Paylor’s post earlier this year on the quest for eternal youth.

PS. Rest in peace, uncle Ben. You will be forever missed and your joy for life always remembered.

Our regular feature, Right Turn, showcases the “lighter” side of stem cells and regenerative medicine. Every Friday, we will bring you cartoons, photos, videos and other content that may be just as thought provoking as the written submissions that you are used to finding here, but they definitely won’t be blogs.

As always, we welcome your feedback and we also welcome suitable submissions. Be creative! Use the right (!) side of your brain. Make us laugh! Let’s see if we can make this new direction a positive one for all of us. Send your submission to info(at)

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Lisa Willemse

Lisa Willemse

Lisa is a science communicator with 15+ years' experience in the fields of regenerative medicine, child development and technology. She launched this blog (first as the Stem Cell Network Blog) in 2009, and served as co-editor until April 2015. She is currently the Senior Communications Advisor for the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine and has recently contributed to Motherboard, Science Borealis and the Genome Alberta and Canadian Blood Services blogs. Follow her on Twitter and Medium @WillemseLA.